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Newsletter March, 2021

OECD Database on collective bargaining systems was published

March, 2021
  • The database on up-to-2020 collective bargaining processes for wage-setting and minimum wages on 56 OECD/non- OECD countries was released
  • The database provides comparable data on trade union and employers’ organisations density as well as on the role played by these actors in each collective bargaining system
Newsletter January, 2021

Minimum wage will increase in various US States in 2021

January, 2021
  • The US Federal minimum wage of USD $7.25 per hour (less for tipped employees) was last updated in 2009
  • 20 US states will progressively increase their minimum wage rates as of January 2021, in certain states up to USD $15-an-hour

Peruvian new agrarian law is adopted in the midst of social partners' objections

January, 2021
  • The 2000 agrarian law was derogated by the Peruvian parliament without consulting or taking into account the views of the social partners
  • The reform generated violent protests throughout the country
  • The new law imposes a higher minimum living wage and requires the employers to pay a special bonus, equal to 30% the minimum living wage
  • Bipartite discussions continue, prior to the adoption of the specific regulations to be annexed to the law.
Newsletter December, 2020

Switzerland: minimum wage in Geneva now amounts to monthly CHF4210 (USD4768) gross per employee

December, 2020
  • On 27 September 2020, the citizens of the Geneva Canton agreed to modify the Law on Inspection and Labour Relations, by the institution of a mandatory minimum hourly wage.
  • This means that the monthly minimum wage will amount to CHF4210 gross per employee (42 hours weekly).
Newsletter November, 2020

India: New Labour Codes on Industrial relations, social security and occupational safety and health

November, 2020
  • Changes to the labour codes aim at promoting harmonious industrial relations, higher productivity and employment creation, and increase the workers coverage by social security.
  • They also aspire to facilitate businesses in terms of licensing and permit requirements.

Indonesia: Revision of 81 laws results in an Omnibus Bill on Job Creation

November, 2020
  • On 5 October 2020, the Indonesian Parliament adopted the “Omnibus Bill on Job Creation” to favour investments and positively impact employment in the country.
  • The labour law component of the Bill introduces important changes for employers on minimum wages, outsourcing and temporary contracts, severance payment, unemployment and other matters.

European Company Survey: What is the coverage of collective agreements?

November, 2020
  • The survey analysed and compared different types of collective bargaining process.
  • “Two-thirds of workers are estimated to have their wages set via a collective wage agreement”.
  • Bargaining coverage is higher in countries with sectoral collective agreement extended to non-signatory companies and workers.
Newsletter October, 2020

European Union: amendment to the Directive on the posting of workers and transposition into Swedish national laws

October, 2020
  • The amendment to the Posting of Workers Directive had to be transposed into national law in July 2020.
  • Sweden has already complied with this obligation after undergoing a process of dialogue with the social partners.
  • The outcome regulation is not fully satisfactory as there is still a lack of clarity on a major part of the amendment concerning wages, which is likely to impact companies.

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